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CLASSES CANCELLED – Labor Day

Classes Cancelled

NO CLASSES – LABOR DAY

Taekwondo classes are cancelled on Monday, September 5th, 2016, for the Labor Day holiday.

DATE: SEPTEMBER 5TH (MONDAY)

NO CLASSES

CLASSES CANCELLED

FOR MORE CLASSES CANCELLED INFORMATION PLEASE SEE YOUR INSTRUCTORS

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CLASSES CANCELLED

CLASSES CANCELLED

Taekwondo classes are cancelled on Monday, May 30th for the Memorial Day holiday.

DATE: MAY 30TH (MONDAY)

NO CLASSES

CLASSES CANCELLED

FOR MORE CLASSES CANCELLED INFORMATION PLEASE SEE YOUR INSTRUCTORS

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BLACK BELT & COLOR BELT TESTING

BELT PROMOTION

BLACK BELT AND COLOR BELT TESTING

Belt Testing

DATE: May 21st (Saturday)

TIME: 10 AM, 1 PM

All students qualifying for promotion must pay test fee before Friday, May 20th, 2016

FOR MORE BELT TESTING INFORMATION PLEASE SEE YOUR INSTRUCTORS

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Taegeuk Il Jang

Taegeuk Il Jang

The beginning

Taegeuk Il Jang

Forms, or Poomsaes in the Korean language, are a series of defending and attacking movements performed against imaginary opponents. Each form is a combination of blocking and attacking techniques performed consecutively while moving in certain directions. Through the practice of forms, students come to learn the applications of various techniques of Taekwondo.

Taegeuk Forms are a series of forms corresponding with each learning level from beginner to advance. The proper way to learn and practice Taegeuk Forms is to first know the name of the form, then the  four elements comprising the form: pattern, direction, stance, and technique.

The World Tae Kwon Do Federation has 8 colored belt forms and 9 black belt forms. The colored belt forms are all numbered one to eight and are called Taegeuk. Taegeuk Il Jang is the first of eight Taegeuk Forms (i.e., poomsae) used by the Kukkiwon and World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). The word “Il” is the number 1 in the sino-Korean numbering system (as opposed to the traditional Korean numbering system, where hanna is 1); “jang” translates as chapter, so literally the name of this form is “chapter 1 of the taegeuk.” Taegeuk Il Jang symbolizes the beginning in the training of Taekwondo.

This poomsae is characterized by its simplicity. Most of the stances are simply Walking Stances. The Front Stance (aka Big Stance) is also introduced to teach the student how to shift from one stance to the next. The techniques seen in this form are basic techniques such as low blocks (aka down blocks, or arae makki), middle blocks (aka inward or inside blocks, or momtong makki), middle punch, and front snap kicks. All of the turns are simple 90 degree or 180 degree turns.

Learning the poomsae requires great coordination because one must perform several techniques simultaneously, in conjunction with remembering the flow of the poomsae, breathing correctly, adequate power, and so forth, in order to achieve a complete and harmonic poomsae.

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What is Taekwondo?


Taekwondo

The way of the foot and the hand

taekwondoTaekwondo, also spelled Tae Kwon Do, is a Korean martial art. In Korean, tae means “to strike or break with the foot”; kwon means “to strike or break with the fist”; and do means “way of life”. Thus, taekwondo may be loosely translated as “the way of the foot and the hand.” It combines combat and self-defense techniques with sport and exercise.

Though Taekwondo may trace its traditions back almost two thousand years to Tae Kyon and the kingdom of Koguryo, it is still an essentially modern martial art based on modern principles of biomechanics. Taekwondo was developed by a variety of Korean masters during the 1940s  and 50s. After World War II. Korea wanted to eliminate outside influences in martial arts and began to unite the various martial arts schools and styles into a single style and national sport. In 1965, the name Tae Kwon Do was chosen to represent this unified style of Korean martial arts. Kukkiwon (Korea’s national academy for Taekwondo, also called the World Taekwondo Headquarters) is the traditional center for taekwondo and was founded in 1973 by Dr. Kim Un Yong. Kukkiwon-style Taekwondo has been an Olympic event since 2000 and is governed by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).

The art in general emphasizes kicks and punches thrown from a mobile stance. Training generally includes a system of blocks, kicks, punches, and open-handed strikes and may also include various take-downs or sweeps, throws, and joint locks. It is characterized by the use of high standing and jump kicks as well as punches and is practiced for sport, self-defense, and spiritual development. “Do” represents the moral path we choose as trained martial artists to live a life of discipline and respect. To only use our skills in self-defense as a last resort.

We teach our students the balance found in Taekwondo by developing speed, strength, stamina and coordination mixed with the philosophical side of the art. This is taught by reinforcing positive behavior and goal-setting. Taekwondo pursues harmonious growth and improvements of life through its unique activities. This is why one could say it is a way of life. To ultimately enable ourselves to lead more valuable lives, we would do well by finding the guiding principles deeply hidden in Taekwondo.

WTF Logo - taekwondo

Old WTF logo - taekwondo

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